Cold Rain & Snow, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Memphis Blues, To Lay Me Down, Box Of Rain, Deal Crazy Fingers-> Samson & Delilah, Space-> Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Space-> Gimme Some Lovin', Gimme Some Lovin'-> Stella Blue-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Black Muddy River
SBD> Cass> DAT> CDR> EAC>SHN (seekable); via Darrin Sacks to abgd, etree
September 15, 2019 Subject:
Pretty Darned Good
Tough reviewer crowd.
To me, the set list is fantastic with both TLMD and Crazy Fingers. The Stella is pretty compelling.
Not sure why everyone is so down on this one. It's a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon, listening to 31-year old GD!
September 15, 2019 Subject:
Fun, spacey endcap to a relaxed 3-nighter close to home!
The comments under 1988 shows are interesting. Some listeners are indifferent, some reviewers were there so they are listening as a way to reminisce, and many other ppl are seemingly outright bewildered by the band's general approach during this year.
How can we distill all this into a rating in the 1- to 5-stars system? I would contend that we can't. I'm not even giving this one a rating, just going to write about it for a moment.
Before we get to the actual show, a few words about this source: Great sound, recording is perfectly on pitch, and another good example of why 1988 is so maddening: Most of the shows have an excellent ultramatrix recording in circulation, but many of the shows are lackluster or dull in some way.
1988 was a year that, like 1980, didn't often bring the band into extended explorations. Jerry was on again, off again. His guitar playing was generally solid, but not necessarily inspired. Bobby was beginning to use MIDI sounds (an example can be heard here during 'crazy fingers')
Listening to these shows in order after listening through the fall tour, which ended with a very long and not terribly exciting run at MSG, one gets the sense that the band was happy to be close to home for a change, and they must have enjoyed the opportunity to play on a nice big outdoor stage at Shoreline.
For whatever reason, by the second set of night three, they were super chill. There are two extended segments of spacey tuning. Eventually during the second one, Jerry seems to stumble upon "Estimated", and even then, it takes a while for Bobby to start the song. By the time it starts, it's very loose. The tempo is slower than usual. Phil veers into 1977 territory with his basslines during the intro and verses. Bobby does more than his usual 1988 strumming while he sings (listen closely for his more elaborate guitar parts, which often simply didn't happen in this song by 1988).
By halfway through "Eyes", the offbeat chill energy is all finally depleted, and the rest of the show is very standard 1988 2nd-half-of-2nd-set fare, nothing essential for the average half-interested listener.
Next up: a run back to the east coast for some mid- to late-October shows. Will they be as mellow as these three?
October 26, 2016 Subject:
How can you trust ratings when the band doesn't have to try at all to get 5 stars? They'd obviously cashed in by the end of august.
May 13, 2016 Subject:
I was there
Yep, what a weekend. Brent was on fire all weekend. I can hear myself in the audience; audience energy was amazing. It's hard to be critical when I am flooded with the memories of the show. Let the music flow over you...
October 9, 2010 Subject:
Good show. Good sbd.
April 9, 2009 Subject:
I'm gonna have to chime in about Jboy. I wasn't gonna say anything but you're right; this guy is a little overboard and he does break out the Thesaurus because "paramour" and "melliflous", well, go figure..! No GD music IMO ever warrants that much (negative) scrutiny.
August 30, 2008 Subject:
Hid the fun stuff
jboy is about.
Are you kidding? You must have no friends, because there isn't enough tolerance in Mother Theresa to put up with someone like you.
This is a nice show, not spectacular, but I guess some people expect every show to be spectacular and if it is not, it must be awful. I am not one of those people. I like music, not looking through the thesaurus and artlessly crafting nonsensical reviews of shows I barely listen to.
I'm holding out for seeing his mug on the back of a milk carton.
July 24, 2007 Subject:
Ballad of a Thin Man........Jboyaquair.
Can we not just have all Jboy reviews just PURGED from this beautiful resource called Archive.org????
Where does anybody in this busy world find the time to be some self-appointed, bastardized version of Roger Ebert over and over and over and over in the midst of this OASIS of musical expression!!! You so totally mis-represent the casual nature and context of the Dead community at large, you lil' nit-picker, Jboy!!!
October @ Shoreline---I can feel that Fall breeze a blowin' as I type. Gone are the days---Damn!!!! Memphis Blues is top-notch as is To Lay me Down in the first set. Great show.
July 19, 2006 Subject:
I like this show
I wish I'd come to these shows. This one's fun. 88 is not my favorite year but this is sweet - weird but sweet. Peggy is nice as usual, TLMD is a huge treat and the Fingers and Stella are just great.
I hate to put bad vibes on this site but jboy, your badmouth reviews are everywhere and 90% of them are laughably inaccurate. I wrote a lot more about this but deleted it out of compassion. Spare us, please.
5 stars is a perfect show and recording. 4 is a great show and I can't quite put this at that level. I'd give it a 7 out of 10, and that means 3 stars, which seems low - but there you go.
June 7, 2006 Subject:
lost gem, indeed
I'm happy to have found this show, even if only to stream. This show was musically the highlight of that shoreline run, imo.
The boys put it all together that night, imo, building up to a beautiful Stella Blue which left a friend and me shaking our heads in speechless disbelief all the way to my truck.
For some reason, I never expected much from sunday shows. Many times attendence would be down that night, with many folks hitting it hard on friday and saturday. But I remember that Sunday as being exceptional.
jboy: I don't think recovering bulimics should read your show reviews, as just seeing your posts make me want to puke.
But the other day it all made sense when I read a couple reviews where you favorably compared DSO with the Dead. WAM...
February 8, 2006 Subject:
Frankly, you could skip this whole run and Not be the worse for it.
1st Set: A bland "Cold Rain" opens up the final chance for the band to come through for their hometown peeps. The 'bayside fillies' in "Minglewood" are looking good. Bobby almost forgets they're in 'Mountain View' the second time around. A fast-moving perf that doesn't cut all that deep. Jerry's tender melliflous notes throughout "Peggy" are exemplary. "Memphis Blues" touches an emotional core but it's not an all-time favorite. The direct, no-frill/embellishment take on "To Lay Me" makes it all the more poignant. It's Phil time with a little "Box" to ease your pain because she won't lay down with you.. :( It's acceptable which leads into a casually enjoyable "Deal" that closes out this set.
2nd Set: ooooo...99 seconds of "Spacey Tuning" lead us into a massaging "Crazy." It's the sort of delicate version that feels best when your paramour is slightly cascading your soft skin with her fingernails. "Samson" is active and brisk enough to satiate that bluesy slinking desire. Oddly a minor four minute swirl of mood-inducing "Space" allows for a lovely segue to a nicely placed "Estimated." It pokes, prods and brays with the usual gusto seging into yet another wobbly "Eyes." Of course Jerry can string notes better than most so some of his lyrical comments are effective, but the song never feels wholly cohesive. "Drums" & "Space" are filled with the usual wacky warblings - the latter of which is awash in the usual synth flourishes. "Gimme" is performed with an average amount of gusto. "Stella" is no better than standard though Jerry attempts to wring out every last possible note. "Throwing" is average but clear-headed leading to a slightly more energetic "NFA" closer.
Our disappointing three night stand ends with a run of the mill "Black Muddy."
2 3/4 stars rounded up out of pity for S Franciscans.
early 80's meltdown -
June 23, 2005 Subject:
All lost and dreamy
To Lay Me Down so sweet, Jerry's so paralizing. That Spacey second set opener was pretty cool going into a nice Crazy Fingers and Peggy-O- is a real nice version also. Hot show Shoreline is killer outdoor West coast venue. Love these nice ampitheater's the Dead played in over the years.
Good times summer 88 Shoreline nice run.
February 23, 2005 Subject:
This is lost gem!
Was there in 1988.Dig the Phil solo!